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Michelson Interferometer EDU A7 780

Michelson Interferometer Educational Kit

  • Designed for Educational, Demonstration, and Classroom Use
  • Complete Kit Includes All Hardware Except Variable Power Supply for the Thermal Expansion Experiment (12 VDC, 2 A)
  • Extensive Manual and Teaching Materials Provided
  • Easy to Assemble and Use
  • Choose from Kits Containing Imperial or Metric Components

Thorlabs' Michelson Interferometer Demonstration Kit highlights several ways that an interferometer can be used to take highly sensitive measurements. A laser and LEDs allow students to explore the concept of interference and examine how the coherence length of different light sources will affect the interferometer output. The interferometer can be aligned to produce white light interference using the included white LED, as shown in the photo to the right. Students can also use the setup to determine the refractive index of Plexiglas plates and the thermal expansion coefficient of an aluminum rod.

Experiment

  • Build and Examine the Properties of a Michelson Interferometer
  • Examine the Second Output of the Interferometer
  • Use the Interferometer as a Sensitive Spectrometer
  • Generate White Light Interference
  • Learn how the Interference Pattern is Affected by the Coherence Length of the Source
  • Use the Interferometer to Measure the Physical Properties of Materials
  • Refractive Index of Plexiglas® Plates
  • Thermal Expansion Coefficient of an Aluminum Rod

Thorlabs Educational Products

Thorlabs' line of educational products aims to promote physics, optics, and photonics by covering many classic experiments, as well as emerging fields of research. Each kit includes all the necessary components and a manual that contains both detailed setup instructions and extensive teaching materials. These kits are being offered at the price of the included components, with the educational materials offered for free. Technical support from our educational team is available both before and after purchase.

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